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#1 of 366 OFFLINE   Christian Preischl

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Posted August 09 2004 - 09:59 PM

Hi,

I received ALF Season 1 today and just by checking 2 random episodes (Pilot and "It's not easy being green") I noticed charring cuts. My guess is that once again syndicated episodes have made its way onto DVD. At this point I don't know if all episodes are affected, but the pilot alone is missing its first 2 minutes for crying out loud! As cheap as the set was, Lions Gate can shove further seasons for all I care. Posted Image

EDIT: Noticed further cuts in "Mother and Child Reunion", and since it seems that all episodes have the same running time (or shorter) than this one (21:27) it's pretty much guaranteed that every episode is affected. And they have the nerve to call this "the complete first season" in the overview!

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#2 of 366 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted August 09 2004 - 10:43 PM

In the mid-eighties, half hour shows were 24 minutes or so without commercials. That's definitely cut.
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#3 of 366 OFFLINE   Dave Scarpa

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Posted August 09 2004 - 11:59 PM

After receiving my box set yesterday and watching the first ep it seemed short to me so I suspected this. Also beware floaters my set had them. Lions Gate used the worst 4 disk keep case. THey have the disks almost laying on top of each other and the hubs are extremely loose. I switched mine already over to a 4 disk Nexpak box. Oh well this was probably the only season I was buying anyhow.
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#4 of 366 OFFLINE   Christian Preischl

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Posted August 10 2004 - 12:15 AM

Dave,

yeah, in my case 3 out of 4 discs were floaters. Luckily none of the discs were scratched. Then again, as things turned out it wouldn't have made any difference. I've watched and taped the show religiously (and excessively) when it first aired, and in the cut form the episodes are presented on the DVDs, they're unwatchable to me anyways. How can I enjoy an episode when I'm just waiting for the next cut?

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Posted August 10 2004 - 01:35 AM

Hi, I was wondering or any of you can tell me if there are dutch subtitles on this dvd? If so, I probably will buy these set even if they have cut some scenes out. This is what I understand from your postings, can anyone explain to me why they will do that / have done that?

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#6 of 366 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted August 10 2004 - 01:58 AM

Thanks for saving me the cash, as I'll now pass on this set which I was very much looking forward to owning.

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#7 of 366 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted August 10 2004 - 02:24 AM

Well, I, too will take a "pass" on this set.

Even the first run of the show on Odyssey (now Hallmark) had uncut episodes.

If this is the sort of BS we can expect, the set should be recalled.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


#8 of 366 OFFLINE   Steve Phillips

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Posted August 10 2004 - 03:02 AM

Thanks for the warning. I was going to get the set, but now I can save my money.

We all need to send a loud message (mostly by not buying it) to the studio that this kind of thing will not be tolerated.

#9 of 366 OFFLINE   Christian Preischl

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Posted August 10 2004 - 03:09 AM

JanM,

no subtitles at all, only English closed captions (which require a closed caption reader).

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#10 of 366 OFFLINE   Tony J Case

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Posted August 10 2004 - 03:29 AM

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We all need to send a loud message (mostly by not buying it) to the studio that this kind of thing will not be tolerated.


No, actually if you want to send a message, dont buy the set then TELL them why. If you just storm off in a huff and sulk in the corner, they will just attribute the poor sales to "There are no Alf fans".

If you pass on the set *AND* tell them, then they'll get the message.

If you care - really care - send a real physical piece of mail to Lion's Gate.

#11 of 366 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted August 10 2004 - 03:40 AM

Their address:

Lions Gate Entertainment
2700 Colorado Ave., Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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#12 of 366 OFFLINE   BradD

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Posted August 10 2004 - 03:46 AM

Another thanks for the warning. How very disappointing.
I will pass also.

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Posted August 10 2004 - 04:11 AM

I just called and cancelled my order. I'll transfer my off air network masters instead. Thanks for the heads up.

#14 of 366 OFFLINE   Greg Madsen

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Posted August 10 2004 - 04:24 AM

Glad I haven't opened mine. Returning it as we speak!

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Posted August 10 2004 - 04:55 AM

Too late for me. I opened mine in the car just to verify it was free of floaters - it was the only copy at Best Buy that didn't have something rattling around when I picked it up.

#16 of 366 OFFLINE   Dave Scarpa

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Posted August 10 2004 - 04:58 AM

Well I opened mine before I found out I wonder if DDD will take it back
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#17 of 366 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted August 10 2004 - 05:34 AM

I wonder if DDD will take it back

They should. It's false advertising on the part of the studio.
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#18 of 366 OFFLINE   Greg Madsen

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Posted August 10 2004 - 05:44 AM

The box states that the running time is 616 minutes. Does this include everything or just the 25 episodes? If it is reffering to just the 25 episodes, each should be 24.5 minutes long. If so, this is really false advertising! the box also states that they are "Newly Remastered" so they took the time to remaster the syndicated versions?

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Posted August 10 2004 - 05:57 AM

It's not something I really needed to have, but now I'm definetly crossing this off my list!

I never was too impressed with the Cover Art they decided to go with. I guess I was right, it's as much of a Slobby Job as it looks like.

#20 of 366 OFFLINE   MattHR

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Posted August 10 2004 - 06:49 AM

What type of case is this? Are the discs overlapping each other, or do they have their own pages? My local Best Buy had about 20 copies, but every one was a "rattler". Now I find out about the episodes being edited. That sound Artisan just heard was $30 being folded and placed back into my wallet.